Next Up | Jaap Blonk

Jaap Blonk (NWS S’12) returns to the University of Maine for a lecture and performance sponsored by the New Writing Series in partnership with the Honors College.

Blonk will present a lecture on his work in the Soderberg Auditorium, Jenness Hall, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at 7pm.

He’ll perform as “Dr. Voxoid” in the Cyrus Pavilion on Thursday, November 21, at 5:30pm.

Both events are free & open to the public, though seating in each venue is limited.

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Jaap Blonk was last at UMaine in March of 2012, when he gave a memorable performance to a capacity audience in the Black Box Theater (photo above right). Blonk returns to Orono at the close of an international tour that has taken him throughout the US, as well as to China, Canada, Germany, and the UK. Blonk is a renowned sound poet and composer whose repertoire extends from Hugo Ball and Antonin Artaud to John Cage. He is especially well known for his rendition of Kurt Schwitters’s Ursonate, a classical sonata in four movements that uses “primal sounds” of Schwitters’s own invention as its sonic material. Performing as “Dr. Voxoid,” Blonk blends his own compositions with improvised materials and the occasional “classic” from the historical avant-garde.

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The UMaine New Writing Series is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Lloyd H. Elliott fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the Pulp & Paper Foundation for the use of the Soderberg Center. For more information contact Steve Evans at steven dot evans at maine dot edu or at 207-581-3818.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation for a NWS event, please contact Ann Smith in the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

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